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Originally published Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 9:08 AM

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Vatican to raise awareness of illegal ivory trade

The Vatican has pledged to do what it can to raise awareness about the illegal trade in ivory following a campaign by National Geographic magazine to expose the use of ivory in religious icons.

The Associated Press

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VATICAN CITY —

The Vatican has pledged to do what it can to raise awareness about the illegal trade in ivory following a campaign by National Geographic magazine to expose the use of ivory in religious icons.

The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, wrote an unusual and lengthy response to the magazine, correcting some errors in its reporting but agreeing that the Holy See was "absolutely convinced that the massacre of elephants is a very serious matter" and could do something about it.

Lombardi pledged to have Vatican Radio's Africa programs report more on the fight against the illegal trade in ivory.

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